Supporting transition: an analysis of the experience and performance of widening access students on their undergraduate degree programmes

Jason Annetts*, Hazel Work, Andrea J. Cameron, Amy Miller, Vilja Niitamo, Marnie Stirling

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The paper examines the experience and performance of Abertay Access to Higher Education programme, AHEAD. The research is largely based on a qualitative analysis of two focus groups and nine in-depth, semi-structured interviews with former AHEAD students. A statistical analysis of the performance of all AHEAD students on their chosen undergraduate degrees between 2012-13 and 2016-17 was also conducted. The paper demonstrates that AHEAD is an effective alternative route to higher education and argues that university-based access courses may be better in preparing these students for the culture and rigours of university life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-150
Number of pages19
JournalWidening Participation and Lifelong Learning
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019


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